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Success! Ngwe from Burma raised $1,500 to fund retinal detachment repair.

Ngwe
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Fully funded
Ngwe's treatment was fully funded on January 22, 2020.

Photo of Ngwe post-operation

March 20, 2020

Ngwe underwent retinal detachment repair.

After surgery, Ngwe’s vision has returned and her right eye no longer is in pain. Now she can help with household chores and she does not need assistance to travel. Ngwe’s neighbors were excited for her treatment outcome. As soon as she got home, they came to see her and asked her about how she was doing. They were very happy that Ngwe is able to see again.

Ngwe said, “I am really thankful to all of the donors who helped pay for my treatment. Now, I can spend time with my family and I am able to help them with household chores and tasks around the house. I am very thankful for the opportunity to get treatment.”

After surgery, Ngwe's vision has returned and her right eye no longer is in pain. Now she can help with household chores and she does not ne...

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December 16, 2019

Ngwe is a 63-year-old woman from Burma. She and her husband work on their small farm, growing rice for their own consumption. In the off season, they grow cucumbers in their backyard and sell them so they can buy food. They have three children, and they are all married and live on their own.

In August 2019, Ngwe’s granddaughter accidentally hit her in her right eye. Although her eye became painful and swollen, the symptoms receded after three days. In mid October, while Ngwe was cultivating in her farm, Ngwe began to experience a blurry vision in her right eye. She also has pain in both her right upper and lower eyelids. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for her to see clearly. Ngwe was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, she could lose vision completely.

Ngwe is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach her retina on December 17th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After his surgery, Ngwe’s vision will hopefully be restored, and she will resume her daily activities comfortably.

Ngwe said, “I’ve always been careful not to be in debt. But now, I had to borrow money from a neighbour! If not my eye but some other body part, I would not even seek treatment. It’s a difficult feeling. I need my eyesight back so that I can move around more easily and be more productive with my work.”

Ngwe is a 63-year-old woman from Burma. She and her husband work on their small farm, growing rice for their own consumption. In the off sea...

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Ngwe's Timeline

  • December 16, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ngwe was submitted by Ma Tu, Senior Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • December 17, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ngwe received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • December 17, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ngwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 22, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ngwe's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 20, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ngwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
23-GPPV (Retinal Detachment)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $11,807 for Ngwe's treatment
Subsidies fund $10,307 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$596
Medical Staff
$9,917
Medication
$152
Supplies
$640
Travel
$387
Labs
$67
Other
$48
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and double vision.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye. For this condition, the patient undergoes two surgeries.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these main facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.

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Khin

Khin is a 39-year-old woman who lives with her family in Hpa-An Township, Karen State, Burma. Both her children are in preschool. She and her husband are subsistence farmers, growing rice during the rainy season on rented land. The rest of the year, her husband collects leaves used to make roofs, works as a daily labourer or collects branches to sell. Khin was born with a scar the size of an ant bite on her upper lip. Her parents thought that it would disappear or heal on its own but the scar developed into a growth and increased in size. Her parents passed away when she was young and after that she went to live with her brother’s family. By the time she was around 20 years old, the growth had become large and soft, covering the area between her upper lips and her nose. When the pain became unbearable in 2005, her uncle dropped her off at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand, a free clinic close to where her uncle used to work. At this point, the growth had become so large that dragged her upper lip down and extended into her nostrils. At MTC, she was seen by doctors and medics, before she was diagnosed with a hemangioma. At this point, the growth had worsened, and she was bleeding from her lips. In April 2006, Khin went to Chiang Mai Hospital and had the hemangioma removed surgically. The growth later has returned. Overtime, the hemangioma has increased in size and become hard. It has now expanded into Khin’s nostrils, especially her left nostril, which causes her to have difficulty breathing at times. She feels uncomfortable but is not in pain. Sometimes she also feels like she has a blood clot in her nostrils during her nosebleeds. Because the nosebleed can start at any time and can last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, her life revolves around managing her nosebleeds. She is unable to work or sleep properly, and if she is about to have a nosebleed, she is unable to eat. The nosebleeds have also affected her ability to earn an income for her children and continues to impact her social life. “When I socialise, I do not feel comfortable and some people think I have a disease that I can infect them with,” said Khin. “So, I hope to get better after surgery, and I hope I will no longer have nosebleeds. I don’t want to bleed, and I want to socialise with my friends and family happily. [Right now] my friends won’t even touch me.”

89% funded

89%funded
$1,342raised
$158to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Khin

Khin is a 39-year-old woman who lives with her family in Hpa-An Township, Karen State, Burma. Both her children are in preschool. She and her husband are subsistence farmers, growing rice during the rainy season on rented land. The rest of the year, her husband collects leaves used to make roofs, works as a daily labourer or collects branches to sell. Khin was born with a scar the size of an ant bite on her upper lip. Her parents thought that it would disappear or heal on its own but the scar developed into a growth and increased in size. Her parents passed away when she was young and after that she went to live with her brother’s family. By the time she was around 20 years old, the growth had become large and soft, covering the area between her upper lips and her nose. When the pain became unbearable in 2005, her uncle dropped her off at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand, a free clinic close to where her uncle used to work. At this point, the growth had become so large that dragged her upper lip down and extended into her nostrils. At MTC, she was seen by doctors and medics, before she was diagnosed with a hemangioma. At this point, the growth had worsened, and she was bleeding from her lips. In April 2006, Khin went to Chiang Mai Hospital and had the hemangioma removed surgically. The growth later has returned. Overtime, the hemangioma has increased in size and become hard. It has now expanded into Khin’s nostrils, especially her left nostril, which causes her to have difficulty breathing at times. She feels uncomfortable but is not in pain. Sometimes she also feels like she has a blood clot in her nostrils during her nosebleeds. Because the nosebleed can start at any time and can last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, her life revolves around managing her nosebleeds. She is unable to work or sleep properly, and if she is about to have a nosebleed, she is unable to eat. The nosebleeds have also affected her ability to earn an income for her children and continues to impact her social life. “When I socialise, I do not feel comfortable and some people think I have a disease that I can infect them with,” said Khin. “So, I hope to get better after surgery, and I hope I will no longer have nosebleeds. I don’t want to bleed, and I want to socialise with my friends and family happily. [Right now] my friends won’t even touch me.”

89% funded

89%funded
$1,342raised
$158to go